Africa Must Be Modern: A Manifesto

Paperback | April 10, 2014

byOlúfémi Táíwò

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In a forthright and uncompromising manner, Olúfémi Táíwò explores Africa's hostility toward modernity and how that hostility has impeded economic development and social and political transformation. What has to change for Africa to be able to respond to the challenges of modernity and globalization? Táíwò insists that Africa can renew itself only by fully engaging with democracy and capitalism and by mining its untapped intellectual resources. While many may not agree with Táíwò's positions, they will be unable to ignore what he says. This is a bold exhortation for Africa to come into the 21st century.

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In a forthright and uncompromising manner, Olúfémi Táíwò explores Africa's hostility toward modernity and how that hostility has impeded economic development and social and political transformation. What has to change for Africa to be able to respond to the challenges of modernity and globalization? Táíwò insists that Africa can renew ...

Olúfémi Táíwò is Professor of Africana Studies at the Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University. He is author of How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa (IUP, 2010).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.81 × 5.06 × 0.68 inPublished:April 10, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253012759

ISBN - 13:9780253012753

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Africa must be modern. Let me say it again: Africa must be modern. And it must be modern NOW; not tomorrow; not in the near future; not in the far future.... Put simply, Africa must embrace individualism as a principle of social ordering; make reason central in its relation to, activity upon, understanding of, and production of knowledge about the world, both physical and social, that it inhabits; and adopt progress as its motto in all things. The position just stated is rarely encountered in discourse about, in and on the continent or its Diaspora. On the contrary, no thanks to the militancy and stridency of the nativists, those who wish to celebrate African genius at adapting the wisdom of others and, by so doing, domesticate modernity for the benefit of Africa, Africans, and their life and thought, are practically shouted to silence or, at best, limited to furtive expressions of their preference.From the introduction

Table of Contents

Preface to the U.S. Edition

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. Why Africa Must Get on Board the Modernity Express

2. The Sticky Problem of Individualism

3. The Knowledge Society and Its Rewards

4. Count, Measure, and Count Again

5. Process, not Outcome: Why Trusting Your Leader, Godfather, Ethnic Group or Chief May
Not Best Secure Your Advantage

6. Against the Philosophy of Limits: Installing a Culture of Hope

Index

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"Táiwò's firm and fierce argument is timely because it unapologetically prompts questions..." -Research in AFRICAN LITERATURES